8 brilliant things to do this summer in east London

Summer is back in London. And if you’re wondering what to do for the school holidays or want to uncover something different this weekend – Broadgate is the place to start.

From cocktail experiences from Mrs Fogg’s and cooking lessons at Eataly to the Theatre Deli’s Escape Room via films, pop-ups, great food and drink and bike hire and more, now is the perfect time to explore all the best things to do that east London has to offer.

With nearby Spitalfields market, the new collection of shops at 100 Liverpool Street and famous attractions (see The Gherkin and Walkie-Talkie up close or spend a lazy day uncovering the Barbican) all over east London plus Broadgate’s famous art trail and cafes and restaurants (takeout patisserie from Yauatcha, incredible sandwiches at Yolk, noodles at Shoryu Ramen and Franco Manca’s delicious sourdough pizza), meet up with friends, take time off with your family and basically enjoy everything that the city has to offer in sunshine. 

Dining at Broadgate circle

1. Book for a new escape room now

On 24 June, The Perfect Crime arrives at Broadgate’s Theatre Deli. A new immersive escape room experience combining theatre and puzzle-solving, is about to put players in the midst of a break-in. Assemble your crew to commit the theft of the century as you try to steal back Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and Vermeer’s The Concert (stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990). Created by Rogue Productions, the creative team behind Heist, Time Run and The Crystal Maze Live Experience, tickets include a table at the dedicated cocktail bar: The Rogue’s Gallery… Find out more at theperfectcrime.co.uk

Frame with The Perfect Crime

2. Sip on a gin adventure at Mrs Fogg’s

Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery is all about stepping back in time to another world inspired by a Victorian steamship. And now, every Saturday and Sunday, you can immerse yourself in a gin wonderland where you’ll be given an introduction to gin production and conjure up your own personalised bottle to take home. Book your spots, £69pp.

Cocktails with Mrs Foggs in the background

3. See free colourful art

Broadgate is home to some of the art world’s most innovative names – wander through the neighbourhood and you can spot Morag Myerscough Atoll at 1FA featuring technicolour ceramic tiles while David Batchlor’s Chromaroma is an unexpected punch of colour on Finsbury Avenue Square. To discover abstract sculptures (including an unexpected dog), paintings and installations and more go to broadgate.co.uk/art/trail
The Leaping Hare, Broadgate Art

4. Explore an ever-changing city

From the heady heights of Broadgate Tower via the welcoming spaces of Broadgate Circle and Finsbury Avenue Square to the iconic shapes of the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie and the sprawling design of the Barbican, the streets around Liverpool Street are full of breathtaking instantly recognisable architecture to sketch and uncover. Download the London Architecture Guide from Apple and Google Play and see London in a whole new light. 

5. Dine in the sunshine

From noodles and dim sum to artisan cakes, burgers, pizza, mezze and acclaimed restaurants, we’ve created a helpful guide to the best places to eat outside in London this summer. Plan your breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks and dinner. If you’re vegan or veggie, we’ve also put this handy guide together for you. 

People dining outside Shoryu at Broadgate

6. Head to the cinema

We’re thrilled to announce that Everyman Broadgate is back hosting all of summer’s biggest films (you have to go and see In The Heights – it’s a total joy). With at-seat service in super-comfortable sofas, choose from a menu of wine and cocktails, pizzas, hot dogs and make-your-own sundaes (three scoops and toppings of your choice). We also highly recommended their almond cake. See their latest listings.

Inside Everyman Cinema at Broadgate

7. Learn how to cook like a proper Italian

Eataly’s new La Scuola is an unmissable treat overlooking Liverpool Street Station. Here you’ll learn the basics of fresh pasta, gnocchi and pizza making. Classes get booked up fast so keep checking their page for new dates. Plan your visit here.

8. See London from a Brompton bike

Head to our Brompton bike hire locker on Sun Street (you can sign up here from just £3.50 a day) and explore London on two wheels. From Broadgate you can head down to the river to follow the Thames Culture Bike Tour or take the cycle superhighway up to the Regent’s Canal or out to Hackney Marshes. Read our in-depth cycle guide and make a weekend of it.

Brompton Bike Stall with Man approaching

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